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I Ripped Off What I Could, song lyrics

Song: I Ripped Off What I Could
Lyrics: Charles Ipcar(1) & Maxine Parshall(2)

Music: to the tune of "When I First Came To This Land"(3)
Year: 1974
Genre: folk ballad parody
Country: USA


When I first came to this land I was not a wealthy man,
So I bought a row of shacks and I ripped off all I could!
I called those rows "Pay Through the Nose",
And the rents were sweet and good, I ripped off what I could!

When I first came to this land I was not a wealthy man,
So I wrote myself a lease and I ripped off all I could!
I called that lease "The Golden Fleece",
I called those rows "Pay Through the Nose",
And the rents were sweet and good, I ripped off what I could!
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When I first came to this land I was not a wealthy man,
So I hired a managing crew and I ripped off all I could!
I called that crew "My Rent's Due",
I called that lease "The Golden Fleece",
I called those rows "Pay Through the Nose",
And the rents were sweet and good, I ripped off what I could!

When I first came to this land I was not a wealthy man,
So I bribed a building inspector and I ripped off all I could!
I called that inspector "My Protector",
I called that crew "My Rent's Due",
I called that lease "The Golden Fleece",
I called those rows "Pay Through the Nose",
And the rents were sweet and good, I ripped off what I could!
This song was originally posted on protestsonglyrics.net
When I first came to this land I was not a wealthy man,
So I bribed an assessor chief and I ripped off all I could!
I called that chief "My Tax Relief",
I called that inspector "My Protector",
I called that crew "My Rent's Due",
I called that lease "The Golden Fleece",
I called those rows, "Pay Through the Nose",
And the rents were sweet and good, I ripped off what I could!

When I first came to this land I was not a wealthy man,
So I bribed a councilman and I ripped off all I could!
I called that man "Screw Who You Can",
I called that chief "My Tax Relief",
I called that inspector "My Protector",
I called that crew "My Rent's Due",
I called that lease "The Golden Fleece",
I called those rows "Pay Through the Nose",
And the rents were sweet and good, I ripped off what I could!

When I first came to this land I was not a wealthy man,
So I bribed a district judge and I ripped off all I could!
Called that judge "Waffle and Fudge",
I called that man "Screw Who You Can",
I called that chief "My Tax Relief",
I called that inspector "My Protector",
I called that crew "My Rent's Due",
I called that lease "The Golden Fleece",
I called those rows "Pay Through the Nose",
And the rents were sweet and good, I ripped off what I could!

When I first came to this land I was not a wealthy man,
So I wrote a housing bill and I ripped off all I could!
Called each line "I've Got Mine",
Called that judge "Waffle and Fudge",
I called that man "Screw Who You Can",
I called that chief "My Tax Relief",
I called that inspector "My Protector",
I called that crew "My Rent's Due",
I called that lease "The Golden Fleece",
I called those rows "Pay Through the Nose",
And the rents were sweet and good, I ripped off what I could!
This song was originally posted on protestsonglyrics.net
Now that I've been in this land I am quite a wealthy man,
So I sold off all I owned; I ripped off what I could.
I called that deal "I'm Well Heeled",
And I quietly skipped town,
I ripped off what I could!


Notes:

1 - Charles Ipcar an East Lansing Michigan tenant, with a broken furnace according to Michigan State News, East Lansing, Thursday, November 9, 1972, p.3.

2 - Maxine Parshall was also apparently a Lansing, Michigan tenant, since we found a letter she co-singed in a 1967 copy of Michigan State University's State News, student newspaper, in 1967.

3 - When I First Came to This Land is a song that Oscar Brand translated from a Pennsylvania Dutch song in 1957.